There are a lot of comedians and comedians working today on stage, in movies and on television, and one could imagine that if they had to put together a Monte Rushmore of influences on their work, Gilda Radner would easily make the list. The Second City alum is a member of Saturday Night Live & # 39; s The initial cast of the Not Ready for Prime Time has remained his and some of his male cohorts, sometimes with characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, before moving on to the weekly routine of sketch comedy late at night, to be finally taken out of the world too early at the age of 42 due to ovarian cancer. Lisa D 'Apolito combined with Radner's estate joined to do Love, Guild, using a wide range of Radner audio tapes, diaries, images and home movies throughout his life.
The film also includes interviews with many of those with whom he collaborated, including Martin Short (Inherent Vice), SNL producer Lorne Michaels, former David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer and members of Radner's family. Radner fans who have been doing SNLs including Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Bill Hader (Barry) share their thoughts about her, along with non-SNL pupils and comical actresses like Melissa McCarthy (The Heat). They share their thoughts about Radner's work and life, the kind of person he was and seemed to be and how much she misses.
There is no doubt that Radner was a loved one and that his life, even in death, has touched many people. Before shooting the film, D & A Apolito was shooting a promotional piece for charity in the name of Radner, and its exposure to cancer sufferers combined with other memories inspired her to make the documentary. Given the context of Radner's life in the film, he also provides a keen expert on his work to a rediscovered and emotional appreciation for his appearance on Garry Shandling's show before his cancer recurs at his death.
In obtaining the estate's collaboration to provide so much material on Radner, from Radner in the film, Radner's choice of Apolito to tell his story is both positive and negative. On the one hand, there are the feelings you feel as you see your life unfolding and how much love has played a role in your work and in your life. On the other hand, it still leaves a feeling of incompleteness in the film that there is no more appreciation from those around Radner through his life. Oddly, SNL's friends (and later lovers) Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and the old bandit / husband GE Smith were not interviewed, although Corto was the same as it had once been for Radner. It is not known if they were contacted, but presumably they would have loved the chance to share their thoughts on the woman they worked with and loved.
In a sense I get omissions, serve as a bit of selfishness to the viewer (or at least this spectator), and dissuades from telling the story of Gilda's life in the words of Gilda. And in a film where love is a central theme discussed, I do not think you could love or show enough love for Gilda Radner. At a certain point you have to stop, and if you stop telling Gilda Radner's life, it results in some disappointment, it is a secondary defect on an otherwise direct and passionate story about the existence of an extraordinary woman.
Love, Guild is presented in 1.78: 1 widescreen with the film that looks like a gem. Skillfully manages SNL, Radio City and concert footage, as well as numerous frames and films that span the decades of Radner's life. Television footage seems natural and colors are consistent and interviews with contemporary subjects seem vivid in the colors of clothing and hair. Magnolia does very well the focal point of the film and reinvigorates the theme of Radner's life and heritage.
The film gets a soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 format but does not have much to do. The sounds of the day sound good and the domestic films have a sparkling feeling, even immersive for them even if they are scarce. The interviews are consistent at the front of the theater and do not have any abandon or hiss. Everything typically occurs at the front of the viewer, so little in the way of channel panning or directional effects to come, given the starting material. Still a fun listening regardless.
Perhaps a little more could have been done in this area; Radner's films on an expanded level are included (10:19), along with a stills gallery and trailer (2:30), although the feature is the movie with additional interviews with most of those appearing in the film (37:33), which is a nice complement to it.
In I love Gilda, we see a great reason why many women who are in the comedy pursue it, and the life of Radner, (most of) warts and everything is shown with a lot of moments to make you laugh, cry, think and remember with affection. Technically it's okay and the bonuses may have used a little more work, but it's a superb look at Radner's time on earth with love. Lots and lots of love.
What do you think?